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2:00 AM ET, January 28, 2020


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New York Times:
Bolton Was Concerned That Trump Did Favors for Autocratic Leaders, Book Says  —  The former national security adviser shared his unease with the attorney general, who cited his own worries about the president's conversations with the leaders of Turkey and China.
Fred Fleitz / Fox News:
Ambassador Bolton, withdraw your book  —  “Tune in to see Fred's exclusive interview with Laura Ingraham on ‘The Ingraham Angle’ at 10 PM ET on Fox News Channel.”  —  It was crushing to read weekend press reports that my friend and former boss John Bolton plans to publish a tell-all book …
Washington Post:
Bolton book roils Washington as onetime allies turn on Trump's former national security adviser  —  Just outside the spacious corner office of the White House national security adviser, aides crowded into a windowless anteroom knew to make themselves small when John Bolton got a summons from President Trump.
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Toomey discusses a ‘one-for-one’ witness deal in Trump impeachment amid Bolton revelations, officials say  —  Sen. Patrick J. Toomey (R-Pa.), an influential conservative in the Senate, has spoken with several colleagues in recent days about possibly summoning just two witnesses …
Barbara McQuade / Washington Post:
Trump waived executive privilege when he called Bolton a liar  —  If the Senate decides to summon Bolton, Trump won't have much recourse left  —  President Trump refers to himself as a counterpuncher.  This time, he might have punched too hard.  —  In a series of tweets just after midnight Monday …
Mitch McConnell is angry at White House over John Bolton manuscript, report says  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did not know that President Donald Trump's administration had a copy of an explosive manuscript by ex-National Security Adviser John Bolton, a spokesman said.
Washington Post:
White House works to contain damage from allegations in forthcoming Bolton book  —  President Trump and his allies are moving to undermine the credibility of former national security adviser John Bolton, while also preparing to fight his ability to testify during the Senate impeachment trial …
Mitt makes his move  —  After staying relatively quiet throughout the House's impeachment inquiry, Sen. Mitt Romney now finds himself in the middle of an increasingly bitter debate in his own party.  —  The Utah Republican has long been open to hearing from former national security adviser John Bolton …
Bess Levin / Vanity Fair:
Panicked Trump Hits Back at John Bolton Book With Blizzard of Lies  —  The White House is reportedly considering taking out a restraining order to silence the former national security adviser.  —  Last fall, as one witness after another testified to House lawmakers about Donald Trump's attempt …
Graeme Wood / The Atlantic:
John Bolton Knows What He's Doing  —  John Bolton, Donald Trump's former national security adviser, announced the title of his forthcoming memoir last night: The Room Where It Happened, a reference to the Oval Office, the scene of some of the misdeeds he is likely to attribute to the president.
Rep. Doug Collins expected to run for Senate, setting up GOP clash
Discussion: The Hill
George Conway / Washington Post:
Bolton's testimony would be devastating. Not even Republicans could look away.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
The Post's misguided suspension of Felicia Sonmez over Kobe Bryant tweets  —  The Post has suspended reporter Felicia Sonmez following her social-media activity over the death of NBA great Kobe Bryant.  Here's the explanation from Managing Editor Tracy Grant: “National political reporter Felicia Sonmez …
Rachel Abrams / New York Times:
Washington Post Suspends a Reporter After Her Tweets on Kobe Bryant  —  While social media praised the N.B.A. star after his death, Felicia Sonmez posted a link to an article on the allegations of sexual assault made against him in 2003.  —  The Washington Post suspended one of its reporters …
Albert Burneko / VICE:
Kobe Bryant Was No More Complicated Than Anyone Else  —  Maybe the actual very last thing the world needs or ever will need, ever again, is for one more man's power or fame or brilliance or death to be used as a reason to throw the word “complicated” over his abuses like an obscuring blanket.
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Read the Kobe Bryant-Related Tweets That Led Washington Post to Suspend Reporter Felicia Sonmez
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Washington Post reporter who tweeted about Kobe Bryant rape allegations placed on administrative leave
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Collins expected to run for US Senate in Georgia  —  U.S. Rep. Doug Collins will soon announce a challenge to U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, setting up a bitter Republican showdown in November that pits one of President Donald Trump's most vocal defenders against a wealthy former executive backed by Gov. Brian Kemp.
CNN:   GOP Rep. Doug Collins to run for Senate in Georgia
Kevin G. Hall / Miami Herald:
Prince Andrew is stonewalling Jeffrey Epstein probe, U.S. attorney says  —  Buckingham Palace and the Trump administration were silent about explosive new accusations Monday from a top U.S. Justice Department official that Britain's Prince Andrew has provided “zero cooperation” …
Prince Andrew has not cooperated with attempts to interview him about Jeffrey Epstein, US Attorney says
Discussion: UPI
NBC News:   Prince Andrew has provided ‘zero cooperation’ in Epstein probe
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Bondi attacks Bidens on Burisma in presentation  —  Trump defense lawyer Pam Bondi began her presentation Monday afternoon by highlighting what President Donald Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate — former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.  —  Bondi, a former attorney general of Florida …
The Daily Beast:
Worried Democratic Operatives Scramble to Fund a Network to Take Down Bernie Sanders  —  Those operatives have had early talks about putting together an effort to stop the Vermonter should he break through in Iowa.  But, so far, they've had few bites.  —  A group of loosely affiliated …
New York Times:   In Iowa, the ‘Not Sanders’ Democrats Find Voters Torn
5-4 Supreme Court allows rule to take effect that could reshape legal immigration  —  Washington (CNN)The Supreme Court in a 5-4 vote Monday cleared the way for the Trump administration to make it more difficult for low-income immigrants seeking to come to or trying to remain legally in the United States.
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Pompeo's clash with NPR grows after journalist is barred from plane  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's quarrel with NPR escalated on Monday after one of the radio network's reporters was barred from flying on the secretary's plane during an upcoming trip to Ukraine.
Sam Levine / The Guardian:
Arizona Republicans discriminated against minority voters, court rules  —  Ruling says Republican effort to restrict third-party ballot collection appeared to be part of effort to suppress black, hispanic and Native American votes  —  A federal court has ruled Arizona Republicans' ban on mail …
Gillian Brockell / Washington Post:
The first transport of Jews to Auschwitz was 997 teenage girls.  Few survived.  —  As world leaders gather in Poland Monday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi-run Auschwitz death camp in occupied Poland, Edith Friedman Grosman will be far away in Toronto.
Mike Hixenbaugh / NBC News:
An ER doctor was charged with abusing his baby.  But 15 medical experts say there's no proof.  —  After a physician worried he'd hurt his baby, his own hospital reported abuse.  Now fellow doctors are raising concerns about an “out of control” system.  —  MILWAUKEE — Dr. John Cox knew …
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Fox News Anchor Chris Wallace Tears Into Conservative Pundit: ‘Get Your Facts Straight!’  —  “That's not true, that's not true,” Wallace interrupted Pavlich at one point.  —  Sparks flew Monday on the Fox News set between Fox News anchor Chris Wallace and conservative contributor Katie Pavlich …
Discussion: The Root, The Hill, The Week and Mediaite
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NBC News:
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Discussion: Breitbart
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William McGurn / Wall Street Journal:
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Slade Gorton / USA Today:
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Sean Collins / Vox:
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Discussion: Breitbart and Vanity Fair
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Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
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Discussion: Raw Story
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New York Times:
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Discussion: Slate